nomad

noun
no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) , British also ˈnä- \

Definition of nomad

1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …Discovery
2 : an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

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Other Words from nomad

nomad adjective
nomadism \ ˈnō-​ˌma-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce nomadism (audio) \ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination
Recent Examples on the Web The career nomad was returning home with one of his best friends, ready to make an impact. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Faith, family and basketball lead Jordache Mavunga back home to UIndy," 3 May 2020 Archaeologists say Avdat became a winemaking hub after the Nabateans—a group of Arab nomads—settled here around the first century B.C. and grew some of the region’s first wine grapes. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 16 Apr. 2020 The Kickapoo lost not only their lands by force but also their story, long recast by county historians and old-settler societies as a tale of vagrants and nomads. Carlos Lozada, Washington Post, "Are we telling the right story of America?," 27 June 2019 The Kickapoo lost not only their lands by force but also their story, long recast by county historians and old-settler societies as a tale of vagrants and nomads. Carlos Lozada, Houston Chronicle, "Are we telling the right story of America?," 6 July 2019 The West African hound originates from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and has been the ancient companion of nomads that roamed in the desert. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "Dogs get ready to bow and wow at the Westminster dog show," 8 Feb. 2020 Switch up your workspace with a co-working retreat, which essentially consists of a bunch of digital nomads living under the same roof, alternating between clocking in at work and mingling with fellow housemates. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Solo Vacations to Take in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Thanks to a few factors — most notably the growth of Instagram, online review platforms and the rise of the digital nomad — hostels are no longer the bane of the budget traveler’s journey. NBC News, "Move over, Airbnb. These days, hostels are good for the 'Gram and your wallet.," 3 Aug. 2019 In the past, the Gathering mixed things up by showcasing the poetry traditions of kindred cowboy cultures around the world, including the gauchos of Argentina, the nomads of Mongolia, and the camargue horsemen of southern France. Ryan T. Bell, National Geographic, "Cowboy poetry is a 150-year-old tradition. Will it survive in the 21st century?," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of nomad

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

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The first known use of nomad was in 1579

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nomad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nomad. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for nomad

nomad

noun
How to pronounce nomad (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nomad

: a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time

nomad

noun
no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad How to pronounce nomad (audio) \

Kids Definition of nomad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock
2 : a person who moves often

nomad

adjective

Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

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